PS It was so hot out yesterday, we stayed in the nice and cool studio most of the time. haha
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
PS It was so hot out yesterday, we stayed in the nice and cool studio most of the time. haha
Sunday, May 25, 2008
It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has
given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the VETERAN who salutes the Flag.
Be sure and salute your Veterans. We should be thankful and show our gratitude to all who sacrificed for us.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Joe is on the right and Yervant on the left. Im a lucky girl.
Yervant is an award winning photographer in Australia, and Joe is in Beverly Hills.
We saw our friend Jermaine Ferrell there! Hes such a Cool Guy! (and nice too)
If you want to see the awesome story that Jermaine Ferrell of Kauz's did on our son recently. "Eye on Sports" Heres the link here. http://www.kauz.com/sports/19058019.html
PS I will get more images up soon!
Ive got to hurry, our son has a Event today, but quickly here....
My week long trip was a blast. Friday i drove to Odessa to celebrate my grandsons first birthday! He is a beautiful baby and looks so much like our son Scott. (My daughter named him after her brother.) Then on Saturday I caught a flight to Houston, where I sat next to a former NFL football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers (BAM Morris) I talked to him about our son and showed him photos and he said that our son is destined for the NFL with his weight lifting abilities and football skills. ha ha. He was a super nice guy. He gave me some advice on training and what the NFL looks for! He said he will be looking out for Scott because at such a young age is so strong and is headed in the right direction. He couldn't get over the fact that he squats 705 lbs! He said that is more than some grown men in the NFL!
It was a very nice and pleasant flight.
Then in Houston I got my rental car, (My hubby reserved me a SATURN) and I hate to admit, it was an awesome car. Now I want one! haha. So so super comfortable and the dash is so sleek. A joy to drive. (And I dont know how many horses were under the hood, but it had some get up and go on it.)
I checked into the Marriott near the Galleria and the Hotel staff were impeccable! I really cant remember having such good service. (When I would call room service it came within 15 minutes! That's really fast for any hotel). It was a wonderful stay.
Heres the link. I highly recommend it! And the Galleria area is so beautiful! I had a little work done there. (just my lips, haha. They had a great spa near my hotel, and I couldnt resist)
I'm saving the details of the wedding for later. But it was so awesome. I was so honored to be there.
Then on Monday I attended a great workshop with 2 amazing Photographers . Joe Bussink and Yervant. They are both amazing. Joe is a Beverly Hills photographer and shoots celebrity weddings, Like Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and Steven Spielberg.
I swear! Joe and I think so much alike! Its nice when you meet someone who has the same philosophies as you do! It makes you think its okay to think the way you do! It was very validating. Here's his site. http://www.joebuissink.com/ This image is one I took while Joe was telling us about Steven Spielbergs birthday party. He made us cry with his tender stories. He truly is a "SOFTIE" and I loved it. The image behind him is Steven and his wife watching their daughter sing Happy Birthday to Steven.)
Yervant is an amazing photographer from Australia. He told me he is Armenian and his father used to work for the royal family. He is an incredible photographer as well. I learned so much.
Ive followed both mens work for a few years and it was nothing short of fabulous! http://www.yervant.info/JoeYervant2008/Home.html
This photo was taken of me and Yervant Monday night after Dinner! We were waiting for the Valet guy to park our cars. I cant wait to apply some of the new things I learned. (I thought after 23 years of shooting weddings, I had seen it all. Yervant taught me a few new tricks!)
It was hot in Houston and I had just come back from the GRAND LUXE restaurant across from the Galleria.(Wheere I had a huge RIB EYE and Chocolate Cake!)
More to come! Our son is in a strong LINE MAN contest today, so got to run!
Its good to be home, I missed my family!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Ive got lots to share, but my husband and son need me now, so Ill post it on Saturday.
Glad to be back home. Houston was awesome and Odessa was great, but theres no place like home.
Have a good weekend!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Its called How Tolerant Are you?
take the test and be truthful. Its fun.
How tolerant are you? Are you open-minded about people who are different from you? Rich, poor, tattooed, old, young? See how liberal you are with The Tolerance Test.
Results for Dixie D.
"Easy come, easy go; when it comes to tolerance, you're one laid back individual. There isn't much that can make you flinch, and you barely blink an eye at minor inconveniences or people who differ from the societal norm - whatever that is.
You likely place a high value on acceptance, and may feel frustration with those who don't share your open-minded outlook.
You wish everyone could just lighten up already and realize that we're all the same deep down.
We may wear different clothes, speak different languages or have varying perspectives on life, but that's what makes the world an interesting place. Variety is the spice of life!
Not to get hippy on you, but it's people with your view that can bring a higher level of harmony and tolerance to the world.
You set a mighty fine example, and should do all you can to nurture this trait in others."
Take the test at QWEENDOM.com
Good morning - I called yesterday and made an appointment on August 5th for my grandson I mailed deposit today to you.
We're really looking forward to this - he will be 8 months old in August! My son is serving in the military and will be here in August.
Dixie had taken my son's senior picutres 4 years ago and they were wonderful!
In fact, Dixie won several awards on one and it was published in a book!
Anyway, just wanted to let you know I mailed deposit to you today.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I wanted to share this with you all. We are in our 13th year in business and we are very grateful to our treasured clients! Many of you have become like family to us. I think that If I needed a kidney one of you would step forward and give one of yours! I really do! We love you guys.
One thing that our repeat clients know is that QUALITY TAKES TIME. We do take between 4-6 weeks to get your portraits back. This is because a lot of love goes into the images. We retouch them by hand (I do all of it, I used to pay a company to and was never happy with it! Then I hired graphic artists and I still was often disappointed) So I do each of them by hand. Sometimes spending hours on one image! Then I send them to an amazing Photographic Lab.They are called Mid South Color Lab and they are in Jackson TN. They are a fantastic lab!
They are not a large lab, but they give the best quality and build a relationship with their clients the past 50 years. They have very old-fashioned ideas of quality and service and have the most stringent color-management standards possible.
Now to the point, we are proud to serve some of the best clients in the area, and thank you for your patience! We are not the bigggest studio, the fastest studio, or the cheapest studio. But we care the most! We really put a lot of love into our portraits.
If you need your portraits quicker than 4-6 weeks, there are 2 ways to go about it. One is to pay your order in Full and this expedites the order. The 2nd way is to pay a 25% Rush Fee which will cut the time to 2-3 weeks.
We could buy a printer and cram it into a corner and hire a person to operate it, and keep it full of ink and maintain it etc. But the quality would be compromised, because we are not a color lab. We don't have tens of thousands or millions of dollars in equipment.
So thank you for your patience. It is a crazy time for all of us, with graduation time and weddings. We are trying so hard to get every ones for graduation! See the list below of what will be coming in this week.
My little grandsons birthday is Friday and I so want to see him and visit and hold him since i have not seen him but once all year!
Thanks for understanding!
Dixie, Monica, Pam, Gina, Tiffany and Bruce
Monday, May 12, 2008
here is the list of 19 orders that should be done by Friday! If I mised you please let us know!
And she surprised me with giving me a gift! (I told her that Mothers Day was for her!)
But she is sweet like that.
We had a nice visit.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
This morning we met up with Sports dude Jermaine Ferrell from KAUZ, who interviewed and filmed Scott! Jermaine is a super nice guy and really was into asking Scott lots of questions and information about his Powerlifting.
He said that the interview may air on Sunday (MOTHERS DAY) at 8:00 am and 5:30 pm or possibly NEXT Sunday. Its his show called EYE on SPORTS.
It was a lot of fun.
Its nice when Good Kids get Recognition. Sometimes its only the bad kids who get the attention these days.
We are proud parents. :-)
PS Heres a group photo of us 4, Wow compared to these guys I look short! And Im really 5' 7"!
Friday, May 09, 2008
My husband took me on a date tonight. We went to see IRONMAN. Believe it or not, it was my idea. I LOVE ROBERT DOWNEY JR. and I got to meet Jeff Bridges in person a few years ago. In fact I got my picture taken with him (he put his cheek next to my cheek) and took a photo with my own camera! My husbands jaw dropped open. (Tell you more about it later).
The movie was great! Of course my husband liked it because it had fighter pilots in it and planes, and military action, etc. And Gwenyth Paltrow. Shes always been a favorite of mine.
I highly recommend it! Its a great movie. Here is the official website for it, http://ironmanmovie.marvel.com/ and the soundtrack is really great, its done mostly by a guy named RAMIN Djawadi. http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Man-Ramin-Djawadi/dp/B00175G6Q4/
Awesome stuff. And if you go see it, wait till all the credits roll by to see a weird ending. It hints that there will be a sequel.
I want to go see it again soon!
Also I'm very excited about the wedding I'm going to next Saturday in Houston. Its going to be at the Safari Texas Ranch and the bride is beautiful! The location is at one of the most gorgeous wedding venues in the state. http://www.safaritexasballroom.com and was chosen by the KNOT as one of the finest.
I'm also going to a seminar with one of the most famous photographers in the world next week. Lots going on, and the studio is hopping like crazy. Got to go now, got an appointment with a cheerleader from Burkburnett.
Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms out there!
Going to see my mom in Frisco and my mother in law in Irving this weekend too!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
As I said before the Squat record was 550 lbs and he shattered it by squatting 705 pounds! We love you Scott!
(By the way, the whites of his eyes are still blood shot from the amount of weight, it causes the blood to come out of the skin and into the eyes! It makes a mama sad!)
and her husband did a great job cooking them. Oh my goodness! They were so good! Russ knows how to cook em! There was potatoes and Corn on the Cobb and ice cold beer and Zydeco music! It was great fun! Thank you Evette and Russ, you're awesome hosts!
Evette gave me several of the biggest crawfish to take home and I decided I wanted to do an image today for a competition that I'm entering.
(I first had Crawfish at the "Court of two Sisters" Restaurant in New Orleans back in 1990. http://www.courtoftwosisters.com/ It's a Great Restaurant!
Another thing that helped relieve my stress is that today I got a One and a Half Hour Massage by Michelle at Looking Good Spa. Shes the best there and my neck doesn't hurt anymore and my headache is gone
Monday, May 05, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Thanks Sara and Mom, you guys were a blast!
By the way, Do you miss Film? I do! Thats why Im shooting some Medium format film lately! Its fun, but I had to use a light meter to make certian of my exposure first (remember those days?) Im bringing film back and using my Holga and Lensbaby again too! YEE HAW! I may get my Darkroom stuff out of the attic too.
We are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO PROUD OF HIM and all his hard work! One thing my husband and I know,and we teach, is that nothing is gained without HARD WORK and SACRIFICE and our son has done just that.
We are super super proud. His name will be in the record books for a long time! (He is missing Church today and feels bad about it. But thats our Scott.)
People always ask me what we are feeding him, I guess my steak and chicken are good stuff!
haha. (And he drinks 3 glasses of Milk a day too.)
My husband said that there was a powerlifting magazine there that may do an article on him. They took his picture several times. One of the Judges shook my husbands hand and said that he's never seen anything like it before and he is not a betting man, But if he had been, he never would of thought a boy that young, or by the way our son looks could do pull numbers like that.
It was a good day for him! Im so proud of him, i just wish I could of been there to see it myself, but I think we got video and photos.
Also my husband took several other boys over to the meet too, and I cant wait to hear their numbers as well. As the web master of the Burkburnett Powerlifting Team, ill post everyones Stats as soon as they get back and give them to me. You can go over and visit that site, its at
CONGRATS SCOTT AND ALL THE OTHER GUYS!!! WE LOVE YALL!
I also wanted to show you this awesome promo (Its done with FLASH and its seamless, my hats off to the designer. Okay enough Techno Geek speak) The ordinary person will enjoy it because it feels like you are really there.
If this doesnt make you want to go to Vegas, I dont know what will. (The MGM Grand Hotel)
Click on the words "Enter Maximum Vegas" and it takes about 90 seconds. Very cool!
http://www.mgmgrand.com Time for another trip to Vegas very soon. ( I try to go once every year but havent been in 3 years!)
Saturday, May 03, 2008
You may call the studio normal hours and her girls will take care of you. Please understand that she is going through a hard time. I am sure you understand. She will be back in a few days.
Thank you. The studios phone is 761-5111. Moncia, Pam and Tiffany will be working regular studio hours.
Thank you, Sincerely, Lori Reed
For people under 40, maybe they don't know this. But I would think that they would.
IT IS RUDE TO CALL ANYONE THAT YOU DO BUSINESS WITH ON THEIR HOME PHONE! And Bad Manners!
I was also raised never NEVER to call anyone during the dinner hour.
Please DO NOT CALL MY HOME! And I will not call yours unless its before 5:00 pm AND I WOULD NEVER DREAM OF CALLING YOU ON THE WEEKEND.
Hugs and Happy Weekend.
All you have to do is send an email or give us a call and we'll give you a beautiful gift certificate ready to give and make her smile! All moms love portraits! Or why not schedule a sitting for you with your children.
Something they will always treasure.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, May 02, 2008
3 Unauthorized charges! To Blockbuster Video, net flicks and another company! Over $80.oo in charges.
I called and cancelled my card and am sitting here very mad.
I don't know how or where this happened, the bank said that they may can find out. But I just wanted to alert you all to be sure and pay close attention to your statements, who knows if a charge or two has been going through the past few years and I had no idea?
So be sure and check them and call your CC company and dispute anything that looks suspicious. WHAT A WEEK IM HAVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We are very sad about the two men and our hearts go out to their families. One pilot is married with children and the other was a new student. I cant say anything else until the families are all notified. This is indeed very tragic.
My husband has been flying here for almost 14 years and knows the dangers they face with these students and jets every day. I know when he goes to work that he might not come back home. I learned this lesson the first 2 years we were married and living in Japan. He was flying a Jet over the Ocean off the Japan coast in an exercise with the US Navy. It was a midair collision. It really shook me and taught me that this is really very dangerous.
Just always remember: The price we pay for our freedom is NOT FREE.
Our prayers and thoughts go out to their families.
(PS Torin Halsey, a photographer I know, took the images of the remains of the plane on todays front page Times Record News.)
If you send Damien Weighill a photo, he will draw your face and put it on his blog.
When he does you will have a mustache. Or perhaps there will be a gorilla behind you. Maybe you will be a dinosaur.
He is unpredictable. Approach with caution.